In The 700 Club’s special series, “A Voice of Hope,” Kristi Watts deals with difficult relationship issues like forgiveness. Meditate on these scriptures about being forgiven and forgiving others.
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My beautiful Sis had three Son's and her middle Son killed her in '1991' at the age of 35 and he was only 15. It took me 20 years to forgive him but I did it and I am glad that I did. He is now back in my life, we talk & we text each other and I love him dearly. I know in my heart that this is exactly what my Sis would want and of course my Heavenly Father expects everyone to forgive just like he forgives us on a daily basis for all our sins. If it wasn't for GOD taking this step by step each day with me for 20 years then I would have never forgiven him but GOD gave me the strength and a forgiving heart and also the love to forgive my nephew for such a horrible crime. GOD finds it easy to forgive us and our sins so why is it so difficult for us to forgive our loved ones.......what ever your loved one did ask GOD to help you through it & to give you the strength, a forgiving heart and the love to help you forgive. It doesn't mean you have to be in contract with whom ever you are trying to forgive, it just means you have dealt with it and huge weight is lifted off your shoulders and you have made your Heavenly Father smile down on you and say job well done.
Thank you so, so much for this. I have never heard such practical teaching on forgiveness. I have needed this for so long. I want to forgive my father from my heart, but don't know how to begin, especially as he has not repented or changed. I really appreciate the practical steps of starting by forgiving by faith, then praying for that person's salvation -- such great advice! I also needed to hear that we can love from a distance if the situation is abusive. I printed out the scripture, it's up on my wall. Thank you again.
Those that have wronged me, all pretend like nothing's happened and go about their merry way. I do believe that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and excepting someone else to die. I do need to deal at the root of this unforgiving issue in my life because I am sure it hinders any plan God has for me.
Thank you Kristi for this amazing piece!
Thank you Sister Kristi for Voice of Hope and for the downloads available which I am sharing with friends who are struggling with unforgiveness as we all do at times. A great resource to keep in front of me to remind me of how much the Lord has forgiven me.
Forgiveness is something I have been struggling with. When she said that you can say you forgive someone, you have not truly forgiven them unless you have forgiveness in your heart (not exact words), that has been my experience, because I really really do want to forgive this person, but when I hear something about this person, all those feelings resurface and I don't like it but can't seem to control it. I think this segment will help me tremendously. Thank you so much!
Thank you Sis. Kristi! I really enjoy the Voice of Hope series; and I am tremendously edified and blessed each time I watch. May the Lord richly bless you for your work in lifting Him up so that He can draw all men, women, boys and girls unto Himself. Also, may He continue to increase your knowledge and wisdom as you study His word!